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BEN DREW: The Katzenjammer Ace by R.R. Boom Powell with Urban L. Ben Drew = Urban Ben Drew was a P-51 Mustang pilot in the 375th Fighter Squadron of the Eighth Air Forces 361st Fighter Group. He was the first Allied pilot to shoot down two of the Luftwaffe's jet wonder weapon, the Messerschmitt Me 262, and he finished the war as a six-plane ace. His tales of air combat over Europe are exciting reading. This book is far more than a biography of Ben Drew. Powell has worked in details, anecdotes, and the stories of people around Drew in order to help readers feel that they were there. Colonel Thomas J.J. Christian, Bob McCandliss, Martin Johnson, and the other Katzenjammer Kid, Bill Kemp, all flew with Drew and shared in the dangers of aerial combat. Their stories are all part of this book. Georg-Peter Eder flew the Me 262 and was one of the Luftwaffes top aces. He specialized in attacking American heavy bombers, and he shot down more of them than anyone else. The coincidences that brought two enemies together after Drew was given a medal forty years late are intriguing and lead to a last chapter that is as surprising as it is moving.

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